Choice

“Young people are selfish!”

Cry

those who do not know.

On a cold August night

Young women

And older fellow travellers

Bedded down

On concrete

With a cardboard mattress.

A night’s discomfort

In solidarity

With those for whom

This is a permanent situation.

Watching this group sleep

There is a dignity

In their choice to be here.

What is society saying

About the dignity of those

Who have no choice?

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